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Largely along party lines, the state Assembly approved a bill, 88-50, Tuesday that would provide public money to finance political campaigns.
Supporters said the bill would reduce the influence of big-money donors in elections, revamp the state Board of Elections and limit how campaign money can be used. Opponents said public financing wont root out corruption and that the state shouldnt divert money that could be used for schools and transportation, among other things.
Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches) was the lone Long Island representative who didnt vote with his party on the issue. Heres how the Long Island delegation voted:
Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) ... No.
Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) ... Yes.
Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) ... Yes.
David McDonough (R-Merrick) ... No.
Thomas McKevitt (R-East Meadow) ... No.
Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head) ... No.
Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square) ... No.
Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) ... No.
Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) ... Yes.
Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) ... Yes.
Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) ... Yes.
Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) ... Yes.
Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) ... No.
Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) ... No.
Alfred Graf (R-Holbrook) ... No.
Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches) ... No.
Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington Station) ... No.
Andrew Raia (R-Huntington) ... No.
Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood) ... Yes.
Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) ... Yes.
Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) ... Yes.